Industries urged to uphold 50% cap on employee attendance

Industries urged to uphold 50% cap on employee attendance

Industry Ministry’s director general of chemistry, pharmacy, and textile, Muhammad Khayam. (ANTARA/Bagus Ahmad Rizaldi)

If an industrial cluster (of COVID-19) arises, they will lose. Usually, the cluster is brought from home to the factory.
Bandung (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry has called on essential and critical industries to remain disciplined in implementing the 50-percent cap on employee attendance amid the enforcement of public activity restrictions (PPKM) until August 9, 2021.

The 50-percent cap on attendance should be implemented to prevent new clusters from emerging in the industry sector, as seen in Bandung district, West Java, the Industry Ministry’s director general of chemistry, pharmacy, and textiles, Muhammad Khayam, said.

“If an industrial cluster (of COVID-19) arises, they will lose. Usually, the cluster is brought from home to the factory,” he said during a visit to a textile industry in Dayeuhkolot neighborhood, Bandung district, West Java on Tuesday.

The health protocols must be followed by everyone, including operating industries, to cut coronavirus transmission in industrial areas, he stressed.

Each company must send updated COVID-19 data, at least twice in a week, to the Industry Ministry to help curb and control virus transmission in industrial areas, he added.

Khayam also urged COVID-19 task forces across regions to regularly monitor the industrial sector during PPKM enforcement.

The ministry can suspend an industry’s operating license if it violates the PPKM regulation, so all industry players must ensure their workers are following the health protocols, he said.

“This has to be strict, we may not be careless, because if we are so, the case number will hike again, and it will be harder (to handle),” he stressed.

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